Dr Sue Roffey is a psychologist, academic, author, activist and speaker. She is currently an honorary professor at universities in the UK and Australia and the Director of Growing Great Schools Worldwide.
Sue is a prolific author, having written chapters, blogs and numerous books on issues related to school and student wellbeing such as behaviour, relationships and social/emotional learning. In this episode we discuss:
- How do we support the wellbeing of teachers, as well as their students and young people?
- Dealing with change, challenge and uncertainty.
- Focussing on things within a teacher’s control.
- What is “social capital” and how do we develop it in school?
- Why we should stop talking about social distancing.
- The importance of belonging and connecting with each other in school.
- Her ASPIRE principles:
- Agency: Giving people a voice and responsibility.
- Safety: Physical and emotional safety. Mistakes are welcome as a pathway to learning.
- Positivity: Positive psychology. Focussing on kindness, gratitude and play.
- Inclusion: Welcoming everybody, regardless. Giving everybody a role so they can participate. Fostering the sense of belonging.
- Respect: Good listening, not making quick judgments or assumptions, empower others.
- Equality: How do we enable everyone to develop their strengths?
You can connect with Sue:
Her website is Growing Great Schools Worldwide.com
Her TedX Talk is School as Family Education Aligned with Healthy Child Development.
Her books are available on her website:
- The Primary Behaviour Cookbook.
- The Secondary Behaviour Cookbook.
- Circle Solutions for Student Wellbeing.